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Publicly Funded Not-for-profit Health Care

An important consideration in publicly funded not-for profit health care is finding common ground on the definitions and understandings of the system that supporters are committed to defending.

To do so, we asked eminent University of Toronto professor Raisa Deber to prepare a background paper on the subject. Drawing on her expertise in health policy and financing, Deber explores various models of health-care funding, the history and evolution of universal health care and the nature and influence of the Canada Health Act.

Her paper, entitled Re-examining Public Funding and Not-for-profit Health Care [PDF, 169.6 KB], is a useful primer and guide for understanding the continuing evolution of Canada’s health-care system. For nurses, for patients and for anyone with a stake in health care, we offer this as a backgrounder to inform current thinking and debate.